Interestingly, looking through our traffic logs, the most popular stories over the past few months have been about challenges to Speaker Richardson.
I think the Speaker has done a marvelous job mending relationship and building bridges with people who, for one reason or another, got hacked off with him. He has and we should give him credit.
At the same time, a lot of that has happened behind the scenes. Publicly, there is still some solidifying of that support that needs to happen.
I suspect she can and probably will survive, but if she were to lose, it wouldn’t be attributable to angst about the GOP and the Speaker at the Republican level.
But, and it is a big but, some GOP consultants think there will be a few unexpected races where the Democrat wins against a Republican who seemed like a sure thing. If that happens, it could be perceived as trouble for the Speaker.
I’m told by several GOP consultants that we should not be surprised by a loss of five or so seats in the House. That can be attributable to a very bad year overall for Republicans, what with them about to get seriously killed off in the House, Senate, and probably lose the White House.
Nonetheless, if the losses are greater than five to seven and/or some of the losses are really surprise losses, we could see Ralston pick up traction.